7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST
Stephen V. Smith

Emeritus Professor

Department of Oceanography, 
University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 
1000 Pope Road, 
Marine Sciences Building, 
Honolulu, HI 96822
Mailing address:
49 Las Flores Dr.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: (619) 819-5108
E-mail: svsmit@gmail.com




  • BA 1964 - University of Texas - Geology
  • MS 1966 - Northwestern University - Geology
  • PhD 1970 - University of Hawaii - Oceanography

Research Interests

  • Biogeochemical cycling of C, N, P; and the ecology behind those cycles
  • Organic C and CaCO3 production in the ocean; implications at local to global scales
  • Terrestrial organic C erosion, transport, and deposition; implications in global cycles


Selected Publications:

Smith, S. V. 2013. Parsing the oceanic calcium carbonate cycle: a net atmospheric carbon dioxide source, or a sink? L&O e-Books. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Waco, TX. [DOI:10.4319/svsmith.2013.978-0-9845591-2-1].

S. V., R. O. Sleezer, W. H. Renwick, and R. W. Buddemeier. 2005. Fates of eroded soil organic carbon: Mississippi Basin case study. Ecological Applications, v. 15, p. 1929-1940.

Gattuso, J. P., M. Frankignoulle, and S. V. Smith. 1999. Measurement of community metabolism and significance in the coral reef source-sink debate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 96, p. 13017-13022.

Smith, S. V., and J. T. Hollibaugh. 1997. Annual cycle and interannual variability of net and gross ecosystem metabolism in a temperate climate embayment. Ecological Monographs, v. 67, p. 509-533.

Smith, S. V., and J. T. Hollibaugh. 1993. Coastal metabolism and the oceanic organic carbon balance. Reviews of Geophysics. v. 31, p. 75-89.

Smith, S. V., and R. W. Buddemeier. 1992. Global change and coral reef ecosystems. Annual Reviews of Ecology and Systematics v. 23, p. 89-118.

Smith, S. V.  1984.  Phosphorus versus nitrogen limitation in the marine environment.  Limnology and Oceanography v. 29, p. 1149-1160.

Atkinson, M. J., and S. V. Smith.  1983.  C:N:P ratios of benthic marine plants.  Limnology and Oceanography v. 28, p. 568-574.

Smith, S. V., W. J. Kimmerer, E. A. Laws, R. E. Brock and T. W. Walsh.  1981.  Kaneohe Bay sewage diversion experiment:  perspectives on ecosystem responses to nutritional perturbation.  Pacific Science v. 35, p. 279-395.

Smith, S. V., R. W. Buddemeier, R. C. Redalje, J. E. Houck. 1979. Strontium-calcium thermometry in coral skeletons. Science, v. 204, p. 404-407.

Smith, S. V.  1978.  Coral-reef area and the contributions of reefs to processes and resources of the world's oceans.  Nature v. 273, p. 225-226.

Smith, S. V., and D. W. Kinsey.  1976.  Calcium carbonate production, coral reef growth, and sea level change.  Science v. 194, p. 937-939.

Smith, S. V.  1973.  Carbon dioxide dynamics:  a record of organic carbon production, respiration, and calcification in the Eniwetok windward reef flat community.  Limnology and Oceanography v. 18, p. 106-120.

Knutson, D. W., R. W. Buddemeier and S. V. Smith.  1972.  Coral chronometers:  seasonal growth bands in reef corals.  Science v. 177, p. 270-272.